Friday, December 31, 2010

Happiness is relatives

What's the best way to spend the last day of 2010?

Spend it with family, of course.



And what makes this really special is that both Mom and Dad are in Manila to celebrate!



The past few years, they've been alternating. Some years, Dad would be in the US and Mom would be in Manila. And in other years, they'd switch places. But now, they're both here!







Now the holidays are really complete!





It is indeed a Happy, Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Where did 2010 go?

This was the question being discussed over dinner with Kin, Maricar, Jing Jing, Elsie, Mac and Lu-Ann. Although it's a cliche, we marveled at the fact that it felt just like yesterday when we had our 2009 Christmas lunch with Joannah, Sridhar and Roy. And now, the same group is having dinner and another year has passed.

I think 2010 passed by too fast and we didn't have enough time to marvel at the great things that happened this year. So I hope 2011 will be a more relaxed and that we can savor every moment of it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wonderfully Real

During our 80s themed Christmas Party in school, I got an 80s CD from Mil during the exchange gift. It was a great gift because there were a number of songs there that were my sentimental favorites a few decades back. Somewhere along the way, I forgot about them, and this CD brought it all back.

And one of the songs was "Can't get by without you" by The Real Thing.



Technically, this song is from the late 70s, but hey, who's counting the years. With a song this beautiful - from the soothing melody to the heartfelt lyrics - it transcends years and will sound as fresh in 2011 as it did in the late 70s.

I hope the musical artists can write more songs that are this real.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christma-stash



One of the best parts of Christmas is seeing kids open gifts and watch their eyes widen each time they get a gift they like. It makes the entire exercise of looking for and procuring gifts worth it.

I'm glad to see that everyone in the family got a great stash of gifts this year. Toys, clothes, watches, tiles with family portraits, portable massagers, and the like.

I was also very happy with my stash this year. I got a lot of the things I want and need, but don't seem to have time to buy. (Or it can also be the fact that I always end up buying something else. Harhar.)

Among them are a stash of sweets, new earphones & DVDs, and Bath and Body Works from Mark. Bed linen from Ate Lissa. Shirts from Ate Bullet and family. A book from Kuya Marv and family. Shower gel, perfume and a Sesame Street book from Shashie Friend. Puzzles from Fiesta Girl. And a whole lotta useful things from my colleagues, former colleagues and co-professors.

And the stash doesn't end there. Tomorrow, we're having our annual D' Frendz Christmas party, and that's 8 more gifts waiting right there.

Don't you just love Christmas?

Monday, December 27, 2010

A break from a Christmas break

I'm not certain why, but this Christmas season seems to be more hectic than usual.

The weeks leading to December 25 were packed! From Christmas preparations to my Dad's surprise birthday party, from buying gifts to wrapping them, from house work to school work, from weddings to reunions - it felt like they all happened at the same time.

Now, it's the 27th and there are more get togethers lined up the next few days: Grace's shower, dinner with the San Miguel folks, cooking for New Year, and some other little events that escape me right now.

So much for a relaxed holiday season.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Nothing captures the season like the Muppets and the song "Twelve days of Christmas."



Miss Piggy definitely owned this performance!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Christmas rush is(n't) through...

No matter how early I begin my Christmas shopping, there's always a last minute rush for something.

I started shopping as early as September, and checked out 97% of my list come 2nd week of December. But alas, there's still the 3% that needs to be reckoned with.

And with that, I'm rushing to the mall now to do some last minute shopping.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Madam I'm McAdams

When Ate Bullet found out her nephew was going to get married and she was going to be the youngest ninang in the entourage, she wanted to wear something non-traditional and breaks the usual "ninang" cliche. That means, no organza or taffeta, no jackets or heavy beadwork, and nothing that will make her feel older.

She wanted something light and airy, but still regal and elegant. After all, the theme of the wedding was "royalty" and her nephew wanted them in ball gowns.

Enter Rachel McAdams:



This number became the springboard for her dress. The cut was ball gown-ish, the print was youthful, and it was very airy in its entirety. And, under the skillful hands of Aling Bright, this was created:



It's a bit of Rachel McAdams, but mostly Ate Bullet. And it captures the essence of the event, but more importantly, the joie de vivre of the wearer.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Smells like office spirit

After 2 years, I'm attending an office party again.

In 2008, I was freelancing and didn't have an office yet. We had a faculty party that year, but that doesn't quite count.

In 2009, aside from being new to the company, the office didn't really have a party. They just came from a rough year and austerity measures were in place.

This year, the party is back. Complete with group performances, a cool band, a so-so caterer, and a lot of people bringing with them the holiday spirit. Oh, and a raffle, too. This part I'm really looking forward to!

Admittedly, I missed this kind of Christmas party. Now, I must go back up to the rooftop. I might miss the raffle!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Red-dy to make kids happy

Another year, another color. This year, it's red. Cherry apple red to be exact.



For more than a decade, we've kept our pact to bring a little bit of happiness to the lives of kids. Instead of buying each other presents, my former colleagues from Adformatix and I decided to just pool our money and host a party for underprivileged kids.

Each year, a color is assigned for us to wear during the party. We've basically went through all the primary colors, so the organizers decided to level up this year and assign a different shade of red. Thus, the Cherry Apple Red color. Red is an appropriate color because it's the color of passion and excitement. Things that we see in the eyes of these kids during the party.

And seeing the excitement and joy in these kids' eyes is really the best gift a person can get. This year, there was one girl named Erlinda, and she was really wide-eyed and awed by everything around her - the gifts and prizes, the balloons, and Jollibee, of course. It's that kind of awe and amazement that we should have every Christmas, and every day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tag along

Now that i'm done with the wrapper theme, it's time to whip up the tag.

And here it is!



In keeping with the Moor theme, I chose two Moorish patterns in the key colors, then used the same color theme for the text.

Now, I can finally finish wrapping!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gimme Moor

After searching and planning, I've finally nailed down this year's Christmas wrapping theme. I've decided to draw inspiration from the Moors, and that's how my presents are wrapped this year.


A special gift (it's Lanvin x H&M, of course) deserves a special wrapper!


I started out with this green printed wrapper from my favorite wrapping source, Lili and Nana. The print reminded me of moorish patterns, and this is where I built the other elements around.


The moors are all about bright colors, so I decided to go with two different colors of grossgrain ribbons. One is magenta, which is the counterpoint to the wrapper, and the other is green, which echoes the wrapper's color. Then, I found this little ornament which also had a moorish feel to it.


Add all these elements together, and here's the finished product!


I like how all the details - no matter how different - come together in one cohesive package.

Now i've got the prototype, time to wrap all the other 100 or so gifts still waiting to be wrapped.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cooking ng Mama mo



When Javie isn't busy tinkering with Ate's iPhone, I find myself picking it up and playing "Cooking Mama."

This is actually quite an old game. When I was still working in HKG, I'd see both women and men playing Cooking Mama on their Nintendos and iPhones. At that time, I didn't get why they enjoy playing it so much, but now, I do. It's fun to virtually chop onions, knead dough and make Japanese Gyoza without your hands getting dirty.

When I was playing the game during Mom's birthday party, Mark thought that it was such a nonsensical game.

But then again, that's what most fun things are.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Belated Happy Birthday (card)

Today, Vincent sent me an email saying that he received the birthday card I sent him today.

The thing is...

I SENT THAT BIRTHDAY CARD TO HIM ALMOST TWO MONTHS AGO!!!

It's either snail mail is really snail paced in China, or the card I sent just underwent censorship and interrogation.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm Invited

Apart from the other things that keeps December very busy - office work, thesis advising, school, Christmas shopping, get togethers - another thing that kept me busy the past few days was making invitations.

Last week, we had a surprise 70th birthday for Dad. Since I was young, I remember Dad to be very hip and stylish, and he actually taught me how to dress up. He's fun, funny and cool, so we decided to make his birthday all about him being groovy.



My invite brought together elements of the 70s with one of Dad's early photos. And yes, that's my Dad, even if he looks like me.

Next up, the Mass Communication department's party on Saturday. This year, Mass Comm turns 25, so when they asked me to come up with a theme, I thought: "Why not go back to where it all began?" Thus, we have a party that's anchored on the year of our foundation - 1985!




Making these invites - from conceptualization to execution - was a chocfull of fun. I should do more invites soon!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Boys!



After just over a week to prepare, we were able to pull off a great surprise last Saturday. No wonder Javier and I are so happy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm Lanvin It!



The more I examine the piece from Lanvin's H&M collection, the more I understand why (most) people the world over went ape over it. The pieces really are breathtaking, not to mention very well made.

Alber Elbaz's eye for creativity and quality plus H&M's manufacturing and marketing chops are really a match made in fashion heaven!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

SSS: Super Sartorial Sunday

Today is a good day in the world of clothing. After searching for the skirt that I was lamenting about here and here, it's finally here!



The great sales girl from Plains and Prints Ali Mall finally tracked down the horse print skirt and called me up to say that she's finally found one. I immediately bought it, and the cool skirt came with an even cooler package.



And look what else followed me home:



Lanvin x H&M is in the house! (woot! woot!)



Clarisse arrived last weekend carrying this precious cargo that her sister had to line up for in Luxemborg! It's the Lanvin x H&M piece that I've had my eye on, and I didn't have to line up the entire night in a cold mall in HKG just to get it.



It's a good day in the world of clothing.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A groovy kind of Dad



To the man who taught me to always dress properly.
The man who also taught me to wear jeans.
To the man who embodied the qualities of a gentleman.
The man who also embodied the qualities of a good son.
To the man who's as stern as he's funny.
The man who's serious as he's groovy.

Happy 70th Birthday, Dad. You're the original Daddy Groovy!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Horse Hunt

Methinks Manila is really feeling like Hong Kong! In the shopping aspect, at least.

Last Sunday, I checked out the Horse print skirt at Plains and Prints, and they were in abundance in the many outlets I checked. There was the khaki skirt with black horse print, a black skirt with the khaki horse print, and a brown skirt with a red horse print. The options were plenty, and so were their stocks.

Today, a mere 4 days after, most of the skirts were gone. Sold out! Zip! Zilch! Nada!

I went to Plains and Prints at Gateway and they had one last piece. And that one last piece was snapped up by a lady who got there a few minutes ahead of me. (It's funny because she bought the exact same look from the poster. Not a good idea, lady.)

Because the sales people there know me, they offered to look for the skirt I was looking for. They spent the next 15 minutes calling one branch after another - and they ended up calling more than 10 branches - but to avail. The skirts were also sold out.

But the very nice sales clerk told me that she'll continue looking for that skirt and will let me know when she finds one. How's that for customer service.

Let the hunt for the horse print skirt begin.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Kowloon is in the House!

When we ended up at the SM Makati food court for dinner, I didn't expect to see and be reacquainted with an old favorite.



When we were kids, we enjoyed eating Kowloon House siopao. Our old house was in Morato, and there was a Kowloon House restaurant near Delta. I remember buying siopao there as a kid, usually right after we watch a movie at Circle or Delta theaters.

It's been a while since I've eaten at Kowloon House - around 15 years, give or take a few years. And when I saw it at the food court, I knew I HAD to try it.

Yes! It's still as good as it was during my childhood. And something tells me I'll be seeing Kowloon House more often now that I've rediscovered it.

Wait a minute, there's a small Kowloon House kiosk near our house! Awesome!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mom's the word

After spending her birthday in the U.S. for several years, Mom was finally able to celebrate her big day here in Manila. So, last Thursday, just a day after they arrived (no jetlag whatsoever) we went to Seafood Island to celebrate.





Mom is the first of 3 people in our family who celebrate their birthdays in December.

Next up: Dad!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Chico, sigh

When Tita Tere met up with Mom last Thursday, she brought a bag full of chico!



This is definitely one of my all-time favorite fruits. I love the texture and flavor of it. And I love eating it with the skin on. The tough exterior is a perfect complement to the soft, gritty fruit inside.

I hope they still have some at home. This post is making me hungry.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Make it Works

After almost 2 years, the Bath and Body Works lotions that Biboy brought are finished. There was a bit of separation anxiety when I saw the last bottle of White Tea and Ginger being emptied.

Good thing that Dad brought a bottle of Warm Vanilla Sugar when they arrived last Wednesday. I've got something to tie me over until Claire arrives.



Whenever I'm in the U.S., Bath and Body Works is one shop that I always enjoy visiting - if only for the smell of the place. So, if there's one American franchise that I hope someone brings to Manila, this has got to be it.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Fill in the Gap

While everyone was going gaga over Lanvin x H&M, another groundbreaking collection was being launched in the US and London.



Valentino x Gap!

It looks like a very wearable collection. Much more wearable than Lanvin x H&M. The pieces are made with Gap's signature utilitarian fabric, but amped up with Valentino's signature ruffles.

Too bad this collection won't be in the Philippines.

Friday, December 03, 2010

I say neigh, neigh...

I've always been vocal about my admiration for Plains and Prints. Aside from being very on-trend, their prices are very affordable. But what I really, really like about the brand (aside from the fact that they already have a Men's line) is the fact that all their clothes are made in the Philippines. (Unlike some "local" brands that are actually made in China.) Three cheers to Fashionalism!

One of the items on display at their Gateway store was this super chic ensemble consisted of a plain shirt and an eye catching full skirt with horse prints.



I looked at the items closely and the skirt is made of this heavy linen material that's almost like burlap, albeit finer. It gives the piece great texture and weight. It has a detachable tulle petticoat that gives it volume. And because it's detachable, the skirt can be worn two ways.

The material and the design gives the skirt a rustic feel. But the design gives it the modernity that it needs.

I'm sure a lot of girls will get a kick out of this ensemble.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ann predictable



The entire cycle played out like a well-planned soap opera. The awkward girl who had zero self esteem wins top photo after top photo after top photo. She was losing a bit of her steam (a bit, meaning 2 episodes), then finished on top.

Yup, Ann is America's Next Top Model.

Everyone saw it coming. After all, Ann got top photo 6 times, which is a record on ANTM. While she stumbled a bit in terms of runway and commercials, her amazing portfolio catapulted her to be on top.

I knew this is how the cycle would end since it was a totally predictable one. But part of me still wanted Chelsey to pull an upset - just for the sake of pulling an upset and proving that dark horses can win. Although Ann's win will be an inspiration for all the "weirdos" and "quirky girls" out there who feel they can't blend in.

And that's why Ann's win - despite being predictable - is special.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

(Mis)quote of the day

While walking along the bridgeway going to Landmark, there were two girls in front of me and they were talking as if they were spaced 10 feet away from each other. I think everyone within a 2 mile radius could hear their conversation, and since I was just behind them, I heard their conversation clearly.

Very clearly.

And my favorite line from this conversation? The girl said, in an exasperated tone:

"Hay naku. Hindi ka na nasanay. Eh alam mo namang selfish-centered ang boyfriend mo!"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Now he's Gun



It's so sad to hear that Leslie Nielsen has now gone up to the big comedy club in the sky. I'm a big fan of his films. From Airplane (a movie that I was forbidden to watch because I was too young and it was too "green") to the Naked Gun series. I rarely miss Leslie's movies, even the bad ones like "Repossesed."

I'm sure he'll make the angels roll in laughter in heaven.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lanvin Looking

While most of the world was going crazy over the Lanvin X H&M collection, (I heard the reception was lukewarm in Japan and some parts of Europe) I had a Lanvin-esqe project of my own.

Bonique is attending a wedding on December 9, and it's one of the 4 weddings she needs to attend in a span of 6 weeks. Since these weddings are spaced closely to each other, and she's going to bump into the same people in every wedding, she needed to be styled differently for each wedding. She asked if my sister had pieces from their wardrobe that would suit her, and if she could borrow them.

And given my sisters' vast wardrobe selection, of course she can.

Since Audrey looks like Suri Cruise, it was but natural that I got inspiration from Audrey/Suri's Mom, Katie Holmes.



Here, she wears an asymmetrical Lanvin jersey gown in nude, with matching nude pumps. Simple and super chic.

For Bonique, I took out Ate Bullet's aubergine one shouldered jersey gown, which was the same style as this one that Katie's wearing. Then I paired it with black, open toe 'D Orsay pumps. Finally, for the final styling touch, I got a black, vintage style bangle and a black mock-croc structured clutch.

Bonique was very happy with the look and everything fits her well. So, she'll be debuting this style on the 9th of December.

I have to remember to ask for pictures so I can create a "side by side" post of the original and the reinterpreted Lanvin look.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Voices Carrie

Once again, my all-time favorite American Idol winner is on the cover of InStyle Magazine!



According to a Forbes article, Carrie Underwood is THE most successful Idol winner and she's found success musically, as well as commercially. Not only does Carrie have an awesome voice, she has such a bubbly, vibrant and youthful personality that makes her SO adorable. (Although I think she looks a bit too mature in this cover.)

Her number of magazine covers and hit records is a testament to that. I knew from the moment I watched her on A.I. last 2005 that this girl will really go places. And indeed she is.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Really, really, really catchy beat

The past few days, I've been listening to "You can't stop the beat" over and over and over and over again. I've been listening to it around 20 times a day, (I kid you not) and it's a good thing that I wear headphones at work. If not, my colleagues would probably be throwing books at me for playing the same song a million times.

Yup, this catchy beat is officially my LSS.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

H&M means Happy Manufacturers

As expected, the H&M Lanvin Collaboration was a hit. I asked my friend in Hong Kong, and she said that the lines started forming at 9pm. THE NIGHT BEFORE!!! I kid you not! People brought sleeping bags and really camped out at the Elements, Silvercord and Central branches.

Same thing in Europe. My friend in Amsterdam said that most of the items on the on-line store were sold out a few hours after the collection went on-line.

And as Kin expected, ebay is now flooded with Lanvin x H&M items. Including the hangers and garment bags. That's how crazy people are for this collaboration.

Somewhere in Sweden, the owners and stockholders are sitting, grinning ear to ear. They're indeed, very, very happy.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Framed

Whenever a friend of mine celebrates a milestone - birthday, wedding, baptismal, dedication, etc. - I get excited because it allows me to engage in my other creative outlet.

I've been sketching cakes since I was in college, but was interested in baking even as early as high school. Maybe it's because my parents are good cooks and my Mom liked to bake stuff from scratch. I still remember how she'd make empanada from scratch. And when there's a birthday, she'd make chocolate cake instead of buying one from Goldilock's.

But since Raymond and Ate Bullet are cake experts, the exercise is easier for me now. All I need to do is show them the sketch, discuss whether it's feasible, then watch them create magic.

Last Saturday, Ivy and LJ's daughter had her dedication. A few days before that, Ivy asked me if I could design a cake for Lluvy, so I quickly took a pencil and paper, then whipped up this design:



Lluvy is such an adorable girl, so I wanted to put her prominently on the cake. My idea was to use frames all over the cake and show off her different facets. And to make the cake more festive, baby icons were also incorporated into the design.

After sending the design to Ivy, she liked it a lot, so it was a go. Next step was to give it to Raymond and Ate, so they can work their magic.

And magical it was! Here's how the finished product looked like.



Yesterday, Ivy texted to say the cake was so cute and that they liked it a lot. Ah yes, another successful creative cake project completed!

Now, off to Grace's wedding cake.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Spotted!

Leopard print - as well as other animal prints - is supposed to be a trend. But I've noticed that it's a regular fixture in fashion for the past few years, and it's almost like a recurring theme.

The November issue of InStyle has a feature on it. Other fashion magazines also have editorials on feline fashion, and that only means that it's here to stay.

While going around the mall, I noticed that a lot of the fast fashion brands have it on their shelves as well. Zara and Mango have a few items - mostly skirts and jackets. Details also has a couple of leopard print jersey dresses.

One piece of item that caught my eye was a dress at one of my haunts. It was a dress that looked like Eva Mendes' red, leopard print dress.



The one I saw is more wearable and can work for everyday use. It was a sleeveless shift made of red, leopard print silk. It also had an exposed zipper at the back, similar to Eva's gown. It would make a great day to night piece, and it's cheap, too.

Too bad the store was about to close, I wasn't able to look at it closely. I'll just try to spot it the next time I'm there.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Catchy Beat

One of my pet peeves is when people are playing their iPods so loud that the music spills out of their earphones and can be heard within a radius of a few feet. It's bad enough that I have to contend with the cheesy ads on the MRT, now I have to bear with bad music as well.

That was what happened to me last night. The girl standing beside me had her volume so high, everyone around her could hear the music. Normally, this would irritate me. But the song she was listening to was actually catchy, and later on I found myself enjoying it and couldn't stop listening to it.

The song? It's aptly entitled: "You can't stop the beat."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Oh Schutz!



Tyler in Glorietta has a great deal on Schutz shoes! And they had a few pairs on display by the window, and I could almost hear them imploring: "Buy us! Buy us!"

Must. Stay. Away.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Seeing Green!

The trailer for the new Green Lantern movie is AWE to the SOME!!!



I'm definitely watching this film. (If only for Blake Lively. As Star Sapphire!)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A wedding planner's dream

It's confirmed! HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton are finally engaged!



I'm sure that every wedding planner, designer, caterer, florist, printer and cake maker is praying that they'll be chosen to be part of the action. After all, this is the biggest wedding in England since Princess Diana's wedding in 1981. And it's the biggest wedding of the 2000s.

This just might be the wedding of the century! Let's see how grand this grand spectacle will be.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reunions

We were supposed to meet up with Bennet today. He's in town for a few days, and the Superfriendster decided to "borrow" him for a few hours.
Unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last minute due to some family and personal matters. So our reunion fell through.

Just as I was about to go home, I ran into another group of friends who I haven't seen in a decade!



Emin and Tine were my best buds when we were working at McDonald's Commonwealth. We were members of a tight group of 6 crew members, including Kuya Totti, Ate Ces and Kuya Dave. The last time I saw Emin was almost 10 years ago. Tine and I were supposed to meet in Hong Kong a few years back, but we weren't able to. So, this is the first time I'm seeing them in a long, long, LONG time!

And it so happened that they were with Mely, a cotillion-mate during Emin's debut almost 2 decades back. That was also the last time I saw her, so this is a reunion that's 20 years in the making. And it happened without even planning it.

Three cheers to reunions!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Present-ing

With around 40 days to go before Christmas, the hunt for Christmas presents is intensifying. Nowadays, whenever I see something tres interesting, my first question is: "Can I give this as a gift? Who can I give it to?"

Good thing that I'm in constant contact with my godchildren's parents. At least I can get a "wish list" from them.

One thing I learned from them is that my godchildren have very "mature" tastes when it comes to presents. One godson likes to collect books and DVDs on the 2nd World War. Another goddaughter is into ancient Egypt, and wants to collect National Geographic DVDs on the aforementioned subject. Whatever happened to Barbie dolls and toy soldiers?

And one breakthrough in my present shopping is the fact that I already have a gift for one of my nieces. Family is always the most difficult people to buy presents for, and I usually find myself in a last minute scramble to find gifts for them. The fact that I already have one for a family member - in the middle of November - is a sign that I'm gaining ground.

Hopefully, I'll cross out half of my Christmas list before this month ends. That way, I can start deciding the theme for my Christmas wrapping this year.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Not a hot mess



Surprise, surprise! The Christian Siriano for Payless collection is now available at the Payless Shoe Source stores here in Manila! It was a limited selection - a few satin flats, a ruffled d' orsay, some animal print pumps and a couple of bags - but each piece has Christian's aesthetic on it.





I wonder when they'll bring in Isabel Toledo's collection.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas reed-ings

Last year, I bought a reed diffuser for my room. It was a mixed berry scent and it was always great to enter a room with a hint of berries in the air. After all, I'm a huge fan of berries of all kinds.



On my way home, I passed by a shop that sold reed diffusers in a variety of interesting scents. From vanilla to green tea to lotus. It was such a pleasant assault to my sense of smell! Aside from berries, vanilla is another favorite scent, so I ended up buying that one. Now my room has this nice, sweet, candy-like scent.

I'm so enjoying the reed diffuser experience that I'd like to share it with others.

Yes, I think I've found the perfect Christmas gift.